Wow it been a while since wrote a blog post. Considering that this blog is supposed to be a daily diary entry being away from writing for 18 days is way too long. It is a long story and I will fill you in on the details tomorrow but for summery I can say that I was in a dip.
I was in a huge dip that took me me a little over two weeks to get over. I will leave you with this little inspirational vid I was watching on YouTube today it might be of help to someone.
I just noticed that word press has a new layout for the text editor. Looks better and makes better use of space . It looked a little confusing at first but I am starting to like it. Thumbs up.
See you tomorrow.
Today was a mixed bag day. If you have been reading my blogs you will know what that means. Simply it means I had a bit of a productive and at the same time lazy day. Meaning I dint really move forward or backwards.
So I started the day well waking up early and leaving early to work. Although I slept only 5 hours which is not much for me I still managed to get out of be using the excitement of tackling new challenges as a source of motivation. My day in the office was productive. I got some office stuff sorted out. I was also able to install and reconfigure the new version of android studio to work with my apps and got my AVDs working well. Not I am ready to take advantage of the new features.
I got home and that is when the juice just left me the only thing I managed to do was to watch the Keynote for the TensorFlow developers conference. TensorFlow for those who don’t know much about tech is an opensource AI tool that is supported by google. I have been interested in AI for sometime but not sure where to start. Open AI is also available and I will explore that to see which platform will be mire fun to work with.
And that is all I was able to do. My plan was to start some serious work on my new app and I haven’t even opened it. That’s annoying, really really annoying. You plan something and don’t even get to it. Tomorrow will not be like this. I will not allow myself to be unproductive and waste time. Anyways I thought it might be useful to leave you with a video of the Keynote probably you might get interested in it and we can talk about AI on my blog if anyone is interested. I will be happy to share what I learn.
It time for me to sleep.
Today has been one of those nice days you dreamed about. I tried to talk about it two day ago but unfortunately things were not in the best shape. I have mentioned that I was working on two applications in some of my past posts and if you have been reading I am sure you are looking for some updates on it.
Lets start from yesterday. Yesterday I titled my post Motivation, I did that because I needed some badly. I was working on correcting a bug that had been causing problems for one of my users. and I couldn’t see any way of resolving this issue. I had spent a good amount of time late Saturday evening and the whole of Sunday working on this bug. At the same time I couldn’t get my published app to show in the Google Play store. This was really frustrating because I wanted to quickly enjoy the success of completing these two project and get back to tackling new once that I was yet to commence. Well this morning I woke up early although I didn’t need to go to work and with some renewed motivation I got to work as soon as possible. It wast going as planned so I decided to go a different route in resolving his issue, one that I had refused to try because I was convinced that it would be much more difficult to get done. I was surprised to find out that this was going to be the best solution for the moment. fast forward to the end of the day I got it resolved and the update is live for my Firefox add-on. I even got time to do some cooking. For your information guys I really love cooking and this work was pulling me away form some of these pleasures.
I then moved to my android app. I was in such a productive mode that when I was watching some episodes of Black Sails Season 3 my mind was just thinking of what was wrong with my Android app . I had to pause the series and get back to work. I tried my proposed solution and it caused a whole new issue. But I persisted and voila eventually the issue was resolved. I uploaded the application waiting to see if it would appear. and within 30 minutes I received a notification saying the new updated were live on the play store. In want sure that it was going to show up but when I run the search and after scrolling down it was there. I was just too excited. It was such a good feeling.
Finally I can rest and focus on other apps. I will take note of the issues that arise and new functionality needed. and update the apps after two to three weeks. In the mean time I am thinking of what project to start next. I have another up that is half way through completion. I will do some assessment on what the MVP(minimum viable product) should look like and if it can be done by the end of the week then I will quickly get it done. This app will be accompanied with a website and would have two versions a paid app and a free one. The free one will go up first then the site then the paid version. The free version will be ad supported.
I will have to focus tomorrow on clearing up any work on my desk at the office first and once that is done I will have the peace of mind to get on with my other private projects. Probably a personal website will be the next thing to do. Then some AI project might follow afterwards. The options are many and it fun.
I will end hear less talk and more things to do.
I leave you with one word. Work hard such that when you lay your head to rest at night your body and feel exhausted from the amount of work you put in.
With the kind of day I have had I need something like this I hope it does something for you too.
Today should be one of those feel good Saturdays but unfortunately it has been more frustrating than I expected.
My app is published on the app store but for some reason that I do not know I cannot find this app in the play store. it should have been up within 5 hours but its taken all day and will be almost 24 hours tomorrow morning.
I also started work on fixing the bugs with my Mozilla add-on and its becoming really difficult. I wish I ended the day with some progress but the more I modify the code the more frustrating it gets I seem to be digging a hole.
Its late so I will end here. Hopefully tomorrow will be better
I am feeling exhausted and I like it. Oh how good it feels to know that you made the most of your day and accomplished a lot. So lets start form the beginning.
I woke up late again. Not too late but quite later than usual. So I had to rush myself out of my house and on the way to work. Traffic can be brutal on Fridays, and I wasn’t going to start my day by being late to work. That would easily turn into a series of unfortunate events and then the whole day get wasted. I wasn’t going to let that happen and I was on time and in the office as early as I usually am. Now I also failed to get my eight hours of sleep but funny enough I was really active. I guess the morning Exercises really do help.
So I did my usual of checking the news reading some political staff downloading my podcast and checking out what was going on with fashion week. The morning started a little slow but I quickly went ahead with moving to stage two of my android app. I continued adding more content. I then went on with reading my book for the week. I wasn’t satisfied with the progress I made on reading although it was better than not reading anything. To be honest office work was slow. I had some tasks to complete but most of it was dependent on input of others so i couldn’t go productive on everything. Not everyone is working on the same wave length and that can be frustrating.
Soon it was time to get back and I was so looking forward to it. There is something I heard on a podcast by some former congress man called Joe Walsh and he calls it No Chill Friday, meaning he is not going to relax and take it easy just because it is a Friday. Well that is how I approached my Friday. I was racing to get home not to relax but I was looking forward the work I had to get done on my android app. I was planning on moving the app from beta production by the end of the week preferably Saturday but I decided to cover enough of the content needed to make it production ready So I will be launching it tonight. All I am left with is getting my developer email ready for public use. I can tell you that the app is ready to be uploaded to the production release. The app will be publicly available in 3 to 5 hours time. Oh I forgot I did learn some country songs today too. Who said working hard couldn’t be fun.
Ok, my body is telling me to get to bed. see you later. I have to complete somethings first then get to bed. See you tomorrow.
Today was one of those good days that I have been talking about for sometime now. Lots of stuff done in a day. The sort of things that I will like to take a week to a month to think about before making any decision on. But now I find myself going all out and just getting things done in a swift manner without even fearing whether I will fail or not. I am getting my grove back.
So lets run through the day. I got up not so early. Actually I failed to get to bed early and failed to make use of this unique opportunity to make the most of my sleep program. I could have gotten 8 to 9 hours of seep easily but I stupidly missed it. I woke around 6:30 an hour later than my prescribed late wake up time. But like I said yesterday my aim was to start the say early with some programming on my android app. And that is what I did right after taking my bath. I knew I had already lost sometime and so I didn’t waste anytime and got strait to work as soon as possible. I finally got most of my apps details filled on my developer console. The only thing that kept on getting in the way of me making serious progress was this content rating ting for some reason it wasn’t working. That took sometime and I still couldn’t finish. Eventually I decided it was time to get to the bank and complete some financial transactions. I didn’t finish all of them. But I got concrete plans to get all executed. Actually I could have finished all my transactions today but because I was really late to get to work i decided to postpone and get to work.
I was in such a productive mode that i just worked on anything in-front of me. I was not interested in excuses. I then manged to submit my app for publishing and by the time I got home from work it was published it is currently in beta version.
The only downside is that I didn’t get to download my fashion videos. Fashion week is ending next week in Paris. I haven’t been able to make time to go through the videos like i had planned because I wanted to finish work on my app and start making some time to go through the fashion shows whiles I work on modifying my Firefox addon. I want to fix the bug and make it look more professional. Be for thinking of adding any serious features to it. I have another android app that is currently in development. I put a halt to it last year to focus on the current one. This app will also come with a website in ruby.
I wish I could continue talking but It late and I have to get to bed.
Its been a mixed bag day. Yes I said mixed bag and to be honest I am not sure I have ever used that phrase and not sure if I am using it the proper way but its my dairy so I guess its cool.
I started the say waking up better than I done recently. I wasn’t as tired as I usually am. I felt stronger. I guess I got more time to sleep. A I got some exercise going on. Talking about exercising I have failed to do effective consistent exercising for two weeks now. I realized that I have been focusing on a total body work out and I I just focus all my exercising to improve one side of my body I should be able to build consistency so that what I am working on at the moment. I need my legs to get a bit bigger to get to the figure that I want so for now all my exercise will be focused on getting bigger legs. The reason for focusing on only one body part is that is takes less motivation even when you are tired and your workout is focused on working on that part of your body that you feel needs the most attention it is easy to just do it. In turn you will start building consistency and then you start adding other exercises. Anytime your motivation goes down you just gt back to what requires the least motivation.
Ok so I got to work as early as I normally do. For your information I am an early bird. I started with my usual look at news and fashion before dicing into any work. To be honest today was one of my bad days I will rate it as 2 out of 10. Thats horrible but remember I have high standards. But I made up for eat by spending sometime reading some books. I am currently reading a book by Steve Harvey. I got in more reading that I usually do in a day I noticed that I wasn’t really motived to work on serious stuff in the office so I took the opportunity to do some reading. That was the most productive thing I did all day Then getting to the end of the day I started working on some aspects of my app. That was an attempt to start building some momentum to get back into the productive mood and I will reap the benefits of it tomorrow.
Tomorrow I will have to complete some transactions at the bank. Before getting to work that will mean I will be late. I had it planned in my mind that I will sleep in late but I am now thinking of getting up at the usual time and getting ready after which I will then continue working on my app. Before setting of to the bank. You see I am already getting back to the right state of mind to work.
One important lesson I have learnt this week is the role tiredness plays in affecting your will power. If you are tired your will power gets depleted. The reason why I have been really ineffective this week in taking the decisions that I need to is because I still not fully recovered form the effects of not resting well during the weekend. That is what has stopped me from launching my app. Although I could have easily blamed it on my erratic Internet connection the truth is that I have been to tired to get myself interested in getting things done. So not only does sleep help in your physical health bu also in mental health. I am am glad I know that now and I will not joke with my rest. Its getting late and I am watching some presentations and talks by some of my favorite open source developers I will hope to be at their level of coding by end of this year. Tackling big projects will help me gain the confidence. If anyone is reading this blog and had some good material on graph databases please post it in the comments I will be grateful. I have heard good things about it and how powerful it can be. If that is the future then that is where I want to be.
So once again I am back to writing long posts hope to keep it up.
Yesterday I didn’t get my blog post out on time because I was watching this video by Lionel on what he dislikes about YouTube guitar tutorials. He goes over somethings that I think any beginner should know before playing the guitar. I hope it helps you.